Younger•Older / 年上•年下

Goals: Practice numbers, introduce the comparatives ‘older’ and ‘younger’

Preparation: Nothing



  • Each student writes down a number between 1-100.
  • They then sit in pairs and take turns trying to guess the other person’s number.
  • After student A guesses, student B will tell them if their number is older or younger. You can tell them the number is the age they will meet their true love or something like that.
  • They swap and go back and forth. The winner is the person who correctly guesses the other persons number


  • Use a higher range of numbers, such as 1-1000 or ‘higher/lower’ instead.
  • Instead of going back and forth, one student just guesses and counts the number of guess it takes. The person who can get their partners number in the fewest number of guesses is the winner.


· 生徒は2人組になって、1−100から数字を隠れて書く。

· 相手の数字を検討して、相手は『older』(もっと年上)『younger』(もっと年下)を教える。

· 聴いて答えたら、相手の数字を当たった人は勝つ。


· 1−1000から数字を選ぶ

· 交代ながらじゃなくて、一人だけは当たってみて、何回で当たったか数える。終わったら交代して、早く当たった人は勝つ。


2 thoughts on “Younger•Older / 年上•年下

  1. how do you explain these activities in class? all in english or with some japanese? i want to try them but im not sure my students would understand the game quickly enough. im looking for a 5 minute warm up game. i tried a 3 hint quiz today where they write down the answers, but it felt more like a quiz and less like a fun warm up activity… any ideas?? thanks! this website is great!

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    1. Hi there, thanks for the comment! I guess it depends on what class I’m teaching, but I’ll use Japanese and gestures with lower level students, and then English and gestures with higher level ones. The other thing I try to do is use the same game, but with different content. That way I don’t have explain a new activity every time. Three hint activities can be great, but I understand wha you mean about it becoming like a quiz.. What level of learners are you teaching? I put up an activity called left-right or up-down. That’s quite an effective warm up for the start of class, and it’s not too difficult to explain. When I was teaching at elementary school, I pretty much started every class that way… Thank you very much for checking out the website, and I hope you find it useful! Cheers 🙂


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